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Edward B. Overton, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Environmental Sciences, LSU School of the Coast and Environment

Edward B. Overton is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of environmental Sciences, School of Coast and the Environment at LSU

He received his B.S.(1965) and Ph.D.(1970) degrees from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

His research interests include understanding the fates and distributions of hydrocarbons following an oil spill, the environmental chemistry of hazardous chemicals, and the detection of environmental pollutants at the site of sample collection.

Dr. Overton held the Clairborne Chair in Environmental Toxicology and Air Quality prior to his retirement, and was honored as a LSU Distinguished Faculty in 2008, and was the 1996 Louisiana Technologist of the Year

He is married to Susan J. Overton (formerly Susan C. Jones)

They have two children: a son Tommy Overton LSU 2006, and a daughter Jennifer LSU 2008

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